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Dec 31
2014 has been a great year for classical music. To celebrate the last day of the year, we'll hear your picks for the top musical moments of 2014, including a Piano Puzzler; the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, Become Ocean; a knockout performance of Rhapsody in Blue; and an onstage marriage proposal.
Dec 29
Sergei Taneyev
Sergei Taneyev's Symphony No. 4 is a great piece of Romantic Russian music, and it's not played nearly often enough. On Monday's Performance Today, we will hear the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra play it in concert in Rotterdam.
Dec 26
Sergei Taneyev
Dec 23
Felix Mendelssohn
On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Christmas music from near and far. Plus, a quicksilver performance of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2 from a concert in Seattle.
Dec 22
Santa Claus
What do you get when you combine twelve opera highlights with eleven popular holiday tunes and ten brass players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra? "Santa and Isolde," of course! On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear a performance of Bruce Adolphe's new holiday classic.
Dec 20
Christmas sousaphones
Scott Wilkinson is a professional tuba player. He says that people often joke about the tuba...but not in December. 'Tis the season of TubaChristmas! On this weekend's Performance Today, Wilkinson will tell us about TubaChristmas, and we'll hear highlights from one of this year's concerts.
Dec 19
Christmas sousaphones
Scott Wilkinson is a professional tuba player. He says that people often joke about the tuba...but not in December. 'Tis the season of TubaChristmas! On Friday's Performance Today, Wilkinson will tell us about TubaChristmas, and we'll hear highlights from one of this year's concerts.
Dec 18
Christmas tree in front of the Pereslavl Museum
On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll bring you seasonal musical highlights from across the country and around the world; Christmas music from near and far. Plus, from a concert in Riga, Latvia, we'll hear the young ensemble Sinfonietta Riga play Charles Gounod's Symphony No. 1.
Dec 17
Handel
The Handel and Haydn Society was founded in Boston in 1815; they'll celebrate their 200th birthday this coming spring. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll start the party just a bit early with a performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 82.
Dec 16
Upside down Christmas tree
What happens when you put familiar, happy Christmas tunes in a minor key? We'll find out on Tuesday's Performance Today, when we hear the Dallas Winds play David Lovrien's "Minor Alterations".
Dec 15
garrick ohlsson
American pianist Garrick Ohlsson won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970. But his career encompasses so much more than just music by Chopin. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert in Cincinnati to hear Ohlsson and the Cincinnati Symphony play Samuel Barber's Piano Concerto.
Dec 13
Sunshine
Need a little sunshine? On this weekend's Performance Today, come take a musical trip to Los Angeles to hear Brahms' sunniest symphony. Plus, Bruce Adolphe joins us for our weekly Piano Puzzler.
Dec 12
Sergei Rachmaninoff
On Friday's Performance Today, we have romantic, dramatic music by Rachmaninoff from a concert in Los Angeles. Lise de la Salle tearing up the piano, while Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Dec 11
Mozart family portrait
Mozart wrote his Concerto for Two Piano with himself and his sister in mind. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear Joanne Pearce Martin and Jeffrey Kahane play it in concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Dec 10
Sunshine
On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll go to sunny Los Angeles to hear the LA Philharmonic play Brahms' sunny Symphony No. 2. Plus, Bruce Adolphe joins us for our weekly Piano Puzzler.
Dec 9
Music stand
When the young wind quintet called WindSync plays a concert, they memorize their music and play without music stands. Why do they do this? We'll find out on Tuesday's Performance Today, when WindSync joins Fred in the studio for music and conversation.
Dec 8
Denes Varjon
Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis are classical superstars. But when they wanted a pianist for a European tour, they decided to choose a pianist whose playing they loved, but who isn't famous - yet. His name is Denes Varjon, and on Monday's Performance Today we'll hear Bell, Isserlis, and Varjon play a Chopin piano trio in concert in Poland.
Dec 6
Vacuum cleaner
Lots of unusual instruments on the way on this weekend's Performance Today, including a 21st century concerto for Pipa and Orchestra, and a Grand Grand Overture for Vacuum Cleaners, Floor Polisher, and Concert Band.
Dec 5
Wu Man
The Chinese lute, or pipa, has been around for more than two thousand years. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear a 21st century composition for pipa performed by Wu Man and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Dec 4
Jones Hall
On Thursday's Performance Today, Lawrence Foster conducts the Houston Symphony Orchestra in a glorious performance of music from Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations at Jones Hall in Texas.
Dec 3
Richard Strauss
The story of Don Juan has all the makings of a gripping melodrama -- love, betrayal, and death. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear the Munich Philharmonic perform Richard Strauss's explosive tone poem based on the legend.
Dec 2
Vacuum cleaner
After a holiday weekend, there's often a big clean-up that has to take place. So on Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll help out with a special piece by Malcolm Arnold; his Grand Overture for Vacuum Cleaners, Floor Polisher, and Concert Band.
Dec 1
J S Bach
Long before we became aware of conserving the environment, Johann Sebastian Bach was hard at work conserving his own output: his musical ideas. On today's show, we'll hear Bach's music as he reworked and finessed his favorite melodies in a variety of performances.